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you for being here. [applause] speaker boehner, leader harry reid, leader nancy pelosi, assistant leader james clyburn, members of the rosa parks family, distinguished guests and friends. we gather here today to remember a woman whose legacy has already outlived her time among us. and we honor her not only with our presence, but with this permanent reminder of the cause she embody. we honor her not only with other great people, but with such great memory. rosa parks may not have led us to victory against the british, she didn't give a single speech in the senate or the house, or blast off into space or point the way west. yet with quiet courage and unshakable resolve, she did something so important on a cold alabaman evening in 1955. she helped unite the spirit of america. which the founders so perfectly and courageously expressed in the opening words of the declaration of independence. with a form of government they still really only outlined in our constitution. for some, she served as an inspiration. as president bush put it, she set in motion a movement for freedom and equalit
of the united states senate, the honorable harry reid. [applause] >> a hundred years have too wrote a born, within half a century after she sports the civil rights movement, the united states is striving to make sure every american is not only created equal by god, they treated equally in the world. as america shaped his future, struggles with this past and which was their principal, but not always part is. two of the best motion pictures this year were nominated for academy awards. on-screen cinematic trinkets at the legacy of our nation's darkest institution, slavery. one film presents an unvarnished view of evils of slavery. the other depicts a typical journey to end slavery. the significance of 150 years after president abraham lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation are still considering in film and photo and art they cannot eradicate slavery's unsavory successors, racism and inequality. in the doorway to my capitol office, i have a photograph of the president in the oval office. let me tell you why it's there. i got up this i always do to read the newspaper and saw this picture
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